While we Coen brothers fans sit quietly in corners, rocking back and forth and mumbling to ourselves as we wait for their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, to be released, we will have to content ourselves for now with Gambit. Gambit is a remake of the 1966 film of the same name starring Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. While not directed by the Coens—those duties go to Michael Hoffman (The Last Station), the Coens did handle the screenwriting duties.
The film concerns an oafish goof (Colin Firth) who plans to trick his multi-millionaire employer (Alan Rickman) out of half a million pounds with the aid of a fake (and highly sought-after) painting and a seemingly dim-witted cowgirl (Cameron Diaz). Bumbling protagonist? Check. Cartoonishly evil boss/villain? Check. Funny, regional-based stereotype of Midwestern Americans? Check. A crime and a suitcase full of money? Check. Sounds like a Cohen comedy. Check out the trailer:
While the comedy seems a bit broad for the Coens these days (and Diaz really seems to be laying it on a little thick with that unconvincing accent), hey, it’s a movie the Coens had a hand in, so you kind of have to see it.
Gambit has yet to receive a U.S. release date.
What do you think of the trailer?
Source: Cinema Blend